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13 Mystical Magical Jewelry Projects
13 Mystical Magical Jewelry Projects
Not Sure What Type of Chord or String to Use...
There are a huge assortment of bead stringing media available. Here is some info on just a few to consider for your jewelry making needs.
11 Super Simple Jewelry Projects for Beginners
11 Super Simple Jewelry Projects for Beginners
13 Jewelry Projects Made with Natural Elements
13 Jewelry Projects Made with Natural Elements
6 Steps to Soldering Jewelry
Here is a step by step description of how to solder metals such as silver to make jewelry
Make Jewelry Now
Get started making jewelry now with this helpful hub of links to the basics of all kinds of jewelry making: bead stringing; bead weaving; wire work; metal clay; metal fabrication; metal soldering; fused and lampwork glass; and mixed media and fiber.
The Sparkle Factory:The Design & Craft of...
The Sparkle Factory: The Design and Craft of Tarina's Fashion Jewelry and Accessories is full of fun and kitschy jewelry design ideas.
Trade Secrets Every Jewelry Designer Should Know
Have you ever thought about selling your hand-crafted jewelry to shops, boutiques, or galleries? My list of Dos and Don'ts when approaching retail outlets will help you get started.
Traditional Bead Knotting
Adding knots between beads is a way to add a special something to beaded jewelry pieces. This traditional method has been around for centuries, but you can learn how to do it too.
Wondering What Type of Wire to Use for Your...
What Wire for What? - Learn about the different types of wire used for jewelry making.
The Jewelry Maker's Guide to Using Metal and Clay
Find out what you need to get started making jewelry with metal clay.
How to Make Elastic Bead Bracelets
Learn to make an elastic stretchy-style beaded bracelet. Once you see how easy it is, you'll want to make yourself a whole wardrobe of these for every outfit in your closet.
Book Review: Jewelry Design Challenge
Jewelry Design Challenge published by Lark Books challenged 30 jewelry designers to use nine of the same materials plus one of their choosing to create some amazing jewelry designs.
Beaded Ornament Cover
Use your beading skills to create this netted ornament cover from seed beads and tear drop beads.
Want to Be a Jewelry Designer? Here's What You...
Discover the very first step you need to take to become a jewelry designer.
Beads and Beaded Jewelry Bead Jewelry Lover...
It is all about the beads! Here is a collection of projects and information for the bead lover, focusing on beaded jewelry techniques and bead jewelry projects.
What Type of Soldering Torch?
In this article, I discuss the use of the proper type of torch for soldering jewelry, explaining metal temperatures and fuel requirements. I also offer lots of excellent resources to help beginners learn to solder.
11 Resin Jewelry Projects to Make
11 Resin Jewelry Projects. Jewelry Making.
How to Put the Right Price Tag on Your Jewelry...
Use this pricing formula to figure out how much to charge (both wholesale and retail) for your hand-crafted jewelry. Page 3.
Birthstone List
List of months and related birthstones for each month - very handy for making mothers' bracelets.
Bead Knotting for Cheaters
Start Knotting Between Beads. Jewelry Making.
Making Charms Using Lost Wax Casting
Through a technique called lost wax casting, you can create your own metal charms and pendants.
How to Close a Crimp Bead
Crimp beads are used to finish off a beaded jewelry piece such as a necklace or bracelet. This tutorial shows how to use crimping plier to close a crimp bead.
How to Wire Wrap a Cabochon
This wire wrapping method works for wrapping a number of different sizes and shapes of cabochons, often referred as cabs.
Oxidizing with Silver Black
Silver Black is a product used by some metal workers to oxidize their finished jewelry. It's pretty easy to use, and it has an interesting affect on your metal jewelry.
Melting Jewelry Making Metal
Why can't you use a soldering gun or iron rather than a torch with a flame when soldering jewelry? Here's why! Page 2.
Getting Started: Metalsmithing
Getting Started: Metalsmithing. Jewelry Making.
Getting Started: Bead Stringing
Bead stringing is an excellent way to get started making jewelry for the first time. This article discusses the tools, supplies, and related information you need to start making beaded jewelry.
How to Use a Jig to Make a Wire Bracelet
Continue Jig Wire Wrapping. Jewelry Making. Page 4.
Endless Knotted No Clasp Crystal Necklace...
Insert Corsage Pin. Jewelry Making. Page 5.
Tips for Packaging Jewelry When Selling On-Line
Creating a Jewelry Brand. Jewelry Making. Page 2.
Create a Wire and Bead Spider
A very popular project - here is a Halloween spider to make from wire and beads.
Jewelry Making Fuel Issues
The type of fuel you use is also an important element to consider when you select the proper type of torch to solder jewelry. Page 3.
Making a Bead & Wire Chain
Learn to transform a little wire and a few beads into an awesome chain using this simple jewelry fabrication technique.
Chain-Nosed Pliers
Chain-nosed pliers are a versatile hand-tool used for a variety of jewelry techniques, from wire work to beading.
About Metal Casting Services
So, you have an idea for a charm or pendant but need someone to make it for you? What do you do? Consider using the services of a metal casting company.
How to Cut a Hole in Glass
How to Cut a Hole in Glass. Jewelry Making.
Crimp Bead Size vs. Beading Wire Size
What size crimp bead do you use with each different size of beading wire? I get this question a lot.
Tips for Soldering Jewelry
Soldering jewelry doesn't have to be difficult, and to make sure you solder successfully, here are some tips to consider.
Easy Stone Setting
Setting stones doesn't have to be difficult. Here are a few tricks of the trade.
More Metal Jewelry Resources
In this article, I discuss the use of the proper type of torch for soldering jewelry, explaining metal temperatures and fuel requirements. I also offer lots of excellent resources to help beginners learn to solder. Page 4.
Signing Your Jewelry
Sign your jewelry by using little metal tags. Here's some information and links to suppliers to help you either make or buy prefabricated tags.
What Is Mother of Pearl - Real Pearls or What?
Mother of pearl is an amazing material for jewelry making. Learn more about this unique item, where it came from, and the various properties that define mother of pearl.
How to Get Started Making Seed Bead Jewelry
You would be amazed at how little you need to start making jewelry using tiny glass seed beads.
Metal Clay Firing Options
Depending on the type of metal clay you have, from original silver metal clay to copper metal clay, there are a number of options for firing it. This may include anything from a kiln to a simple hand-held torch.
Make a Dichroic Fused Glass Pendant
Even if you are a beginning glass artist, you can make this Dichroic Fused Pendant with just a small amount of supplies and little to no glass experience.
5 Basic Jewelry Making Tools for Beginners
Vicki O'Dell helps narrow down the options for beginning jewelry makers in - 5 Basic Jewelry Making Tools for Beginners
What Is Swarovski Crystal?
Swarovski is a company famous for its crystal beads and jewelry components. Learn what makes Swarovski crystal beads and components distinguishable from other crystal beads.
Bead String Tools & Equipment
Learn about the tools and special equipment you need to get started stringing beads. Page 3.
Types of Wire: What’s the Diff?
What's the difference between gold and gold-filled wire? What is fine silver and sterling silver wire? Learn the differences between types of jewelry making wire.
I Want to Be a "Fine" Jewelry Designer
What is fine jewelry? What does it take to become a designer of fine jewelry? These are just a few questions I cover in this informative article.
Bead Stringing Information & Projects
Learn about the different where to find more information and projects to get started stringing beads. Page 2.
October Birthday-Which Birthstone Do You Choose?
October Birthstone - Opal and Tourmaline
What is a Cabochon or Cab?
Cabochons are a certain cut of stone that is used often in jewelry designs such as rings, pendants, bracelets, and necklaces.
Fixing Jump Ring Problems
Jump rings are very important jewelry components. This article covers not only how to make them yourself, but also how to make sure your jump rings stay attached to your jewelry.
Wire Wrapped Beads
This wire wrapping techniques allows you to connect beads together while also wrapping each bead with wire, creating a little wire cage for each bead.
Snap-Tite
Learn to use a Snap-Tite setting. Page 2.
Earring Findings
Learn what an eye pin is and what it is used for in beaded jewelry making. Page 7.
How to Make Silver Bangle Bracelets
Only one solder joint is required to make these silver bangle bracelets. You'll want to make a few to wear and jingle on your wrist.
Sterling Cuff Bracelet
Cut the Silver Sheet. Jewelry Making. Page 2.
Make a Hook and Eye Clasp from Wire
You will be amazed how simple it is to make your own hook and eye clasp using wire and a few hand tools.
Make Your Own Ear Hooks
With practice, a few hand tools, and a little wire, you'd be surprised at how simple it can be to make your own jewelry findings. Ear hooks are one of the most often used findings, and they are one of the simplest to make also.
Definition of a Lariat Necklace
Learn about the lariat, an interesting style of necklace.
How to Create Home Studio for Fused Glass
If you’ve fallen in love with making glass beads or fused glass or if you’ve always wanted to try glass, then eventually you’ll need to create a place for yourself and your glass. Here are a few tips to help you create your own safe place to work with glass.
Flower Petal Ornament Cover
This seed bead ornament is designed to cover a standard glass bulb.
Macrame Knot Library
I’ve created this handy Knot Library to help you find and learn the knots you need for your macrame and fiber jewelry making.
Jump Ring Techniques
You need to make sure you properly open and close your jump rings. Page 3.
How to Bead Around a Cabochon
Glue Cab. Jewelry Making. Page 2.
How to Weave a Beaded Ladder Stitch
The ladder stitch is a staple bead weaving stitch and surprisingly easy to do. This is a good stitch for beginners to tackle.
11 Woven Jewelry Projects to Make
11 Woven Jewelry Projects to Make
What is Metal Clay?
This silver and gold clay is a great alternative for those who want to work with metal but not with a torch.
Resin Tutorials, Tips and Tricks
Resin Tutorials, Tips and Tricks
To Buy a Kiln or Not to Buy a Kiln
I get a lot of email concerning kilns. This is a big decision to make for most jewelry makers. Before you buy a kiln, consider some important questions you need to ask yourself.
9 Pendants to Make this Weekend
9 Pendants to Make this Weekend. Jewelry Making.
Get Started Making Wire Jewelry
If you have always wanted to make jewelry using wire, then this article will tell you what you need as far as tools to get started.
How to Use a Bead Board
Learn to use a bead board with your bead stringing and beaded jewelry designs.
Gifts for Jewelry Designers
Share the wonderful world of jewelry making with friends and family through gifts every jewelry designer can use.
Winter White Pearl and Glass Bracelet
Winter White Pearl and Glass Bracelet
Bead and Wire Angel
Use your wire skills, add a bead, and you have an adorable little angel ornament. You can also wear this on a chain or ribbon as a pendant.
How to Use a Bead Tip
Knot the Cord. Jewelry Making. Page 2.
Easy Mount
Learn to set a stone in an easy mount setting. Page 3.
Make Beautiful Jewelry with Buttons
Jewelry Making with Buttons
Getting Started - Finding Classes
If you want to learn how to make jewelry or just learn more about techniques you use now, then read this feature to find out how to locate classes near you
Jump Ring Quality
What makes a quality jump ring? Jewelry Making. Page 2.
Making Wire Wrapped Loops
Start the Loop. Jewelry Making. Page 2.
Beads and Findings for Bead Stringing
Bead stringing is an excellent way to get started making jewelry for the first time. This article discusses the tools, supplies, and related information you need to start making beaded jewelry. Page 4.
Making Jump Rings
Learn how to make jump rings. Jewelry Making. Page 4.
What Is Base Metal Jewelry?
: As a jewelry maker, you may often hear the term "base metal" being used. Metals are obviously important
Tips for Baking Polymer Clay
It can be tricky to get your polymer clay pieces baked correctly, so here are some tips for success.
Copper Clay Lace Heart Pendant
Use lace to texture copper clay for this heart-shaped pendant that you can wear on a chain or add to your beaded jewelry designs.
Proper and Quick Jump Ring Techniques
This technique describes the old school method for making jump rings. Page 2.
Fine Jewelry Designing
Take the first step to becoming a fine jewelry designer. Page 2.
Why Use Simulated Stones?
Is it a good idea to use gemstones in your jewelry or not? Why even consider using simulated stones?
Wire Cutters
If you plan to work with wire, then wire cutters are going to be one of your most important tools. Find out what you need to know about selecting the best wire cutter for your needs.
Using a Ring Jig to Make Jump Rings
Here is yet another method for making jump rings. These instructions include using a bench vice and ring jig.
Beaded Wire Bangle Bracelet
Crystal Beads. Jewelry Making. Page 2.
Fast Track Your Handmade Jewelery Business for...
Why Your Handmade Jewelry Business Needs a Business Plan
Hematite - What Is Hematite?
Hematite is a very popular gemstone, but what exactly is it?
Metal Clay Hot Pot
I heard a lot of pros and cons from various metal clay artists before I finally decided to try using a metal clay hot pot myself. Here are my thoughts on if this little pot has the right stuff.
Trash to Treasure Jewelry - Jewelry Made With...
Trash to Treasure Jewelry - Jewelry Made With Recycled Items
Seed Bead Earring Projects
Weave tiny glass seed beads into beautiful earrings.
Types of Solder
Learn about the different types of solder used for soldering metal jwelry such as gold and silver, medium and soft, and sheet and wire.
How to Tie a Josephine Knot
Cord Goes Up and Over. Jewelry Making. Page 3.
How to Cut a Stone Cabochon
Learn how gemstone cabochons, also call referred to as cabs, are formed and cut.
Bead Weaving Fringe Earrings
Bead Weaving Fringe Earrings. Jewelry Making.
Tips for Making Threader Earrings
Have you made any threader earrings yet, or are you thinking of making yourself a pair soon? If so, then you'll want to take a look at some of these ear thread tips compiled from the Jewelry Making forum. Some are tips from me and some are tips from forum members.
Tips for Adding Patina to Metal Jewelry
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Anvil vs. Block for Making Jewelry
Anvils and metal blocks are both pieces of equipment used by jewelry makers, both metalsmiths and wire workers, but when do you use one over the other?
Stone Setting Results
This is an example of one easy stone setting ruby pendant. Page 4.
Display, Show and Give Your Handmade Jewelry...
Creative Jewelry Displays. Jewelry Making.
What Is Resin or Two-Part Epoxy?
Learn about resin also referred to sometimes as two-part epoxy and how it is used in jewelry making.
Battle of the Wire Jewelry Jigs
A group of did some usability testing on a variety of different wire jewelry jigs. These are our findings.
Tips for Selling Jewelry at Shows
Selling your jewelry at shows is a good way to earn a little income with your jewelry as well as learn about your customers.
Weekly Feature - Quilted Silver Beads
Quilted Silver Beads: emery board silver beads mesh cloth fabric stores plastic straw
Simple Loop aka Unwrapped Wire Loop
This basic wire technique is sometimes called the simple loop or the unwrapped loop technique. Whatever you call it, this method is a staple technique for wire work when you want to connect jewelry components.
Free Wire Chain Patterns
Use wire and links to create a variety of chain patterns to use in your jewelry designs. Many of these require no soldering.
7 Easy Ways to Sell Your Jewelry After Show...
7 Ways to Sell Your Jewelry After Show Season
10 Jewelry Projects That Sparkle
10 Jewelry Projects That Sparkle
Software for Serious Jewelry Designers
Jewelry designers need all the help they can get when it comes to getting organized.
Jewelry Hang Tags and Earring Card Tips
Learn how to make your own or get someone else to help you design your own hang tags and earring cards.
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